Aerocool Shark 15-blade Fan Review

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It isn't very often that you find yourself excited by the arrival of a new case fan... take a look to see why today is different!

Overview

Aerocool's new Shark fans, in 120mm and 140mm sizes, utilize the most blades in any fan in production to date, 15 of them, to produce high airflow and high air pressure without the cost of high noise levels.  They also tout their innovative "Fluid Dynamic Bearing" which is claimed to reduce vibration through "precision rotation."  The Shark "fins" on the blades themselves minimizes vortices produced by the blades and the semi-transparent coloration looks really awesome!  The blades also have a very "wavy" design which further minimizes noise-making vortices and allows for better pressure and airflow as well as more direct flow as opposed to "swirling" or turbulent flow out of the fan itself.  More blades also means that you are able to move more air at lower RPMs, which further cuts the acoustic burden of high performance fans.  Some work and ingenuity is at work here, and we are very excited to see how these perform!

Features

  • Unique and Stylish "Shark Fin" Fan Blade design w/ Quad Blue LEDs.
  • 15 fan blades generates High Air Pressure and Air Flow - the most fan blades in the world !!!!
  • Innovative Fluid Dynamic Bearing delivers longer life span, higher precision rotation and anti-shock function.
  • Duo Mode Operation - The Shark fan operates in both "Power" mode (12V) and "Silence" mode (7V - with adaptation of Voltage reduction cable).
  • All cables are "black" sleeved.
  • Accessories include a Voltage Reduction cable, a 3 to 4 pin converter cable,4 units of Anti-vibration Rubber Screws and 4 units of standard screws.

 

Specifications

120mm

Standard Connection (Power mode) Connect with Voltage Reduction Cable (Silence mode)
Rated Voltage : 12V Rated Voltage : (To FAN)7V
Starting Voltage : <=9.0V Starting Voltage : <=7.0V
Power Consumption : 3.6W Power Consumption : 1.56W
Rated Current : 0.30A Rated Current : 0.13A
Speed : 1500 RPM+-10% Speed : 800 RPM+-10%
Air Flow : 82.6 CMF Air Flow : 32.5 CMF
Air Pressure : 1.273 mm-H2O Air Pressure : 0.305 mm-H2O
Noise : 26.5dBA Noise : 12.6dBA
Weight : 117.9g Weight : 117.9g
MTBF : 100000 hours MTBF : 100000 hours

140mm

Standard Connection (Power mode) Connect with Voltage Reduction Cable (Silence mode)
Rated Voltage : 12V Rated Voltage : (To FAN)7V
Starting Voltage : <=6.0V Starting Voltage : <=6.0V
Power Consumption : 4.32W Power Consumption : 1.8W
Rated Current : 0.36A Rated Current : 0.15A
Speed : 1500 RPM+-10% Speed : 800 RPM+-10%
Air Flow : 96.5 CMF Air Flow : 50 CMF
Air Pressure : 1.069 mm-H2O Air Pressure : 0.305 mm-H2O
Noise : 29.6dBA Noise : 14.5dBA
MTBF : 100000 hours MTBF : 100000 hours

 

Packaging

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We are going to take a look at both the 120 and 140mm versions of the Shark fan in both blue and black.  These fans come in very sleek and "cool" plastic packaging which keeps your new air-movers safe and sound until its time to go into your system.

Contents

  • 1 x Voltage Reduction cable (12V to 7V) w/ Black Cable Sleeving
  • 1 x 3 to 4 pin converter cable w/ Black Cable Sleeving
  • 4 x Anti-vibration Screws
  • 4 x Standard Screws

 

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# Ray 2012-07-17 13:34
these fans are great and actually do move tons of air and are quite silent but not as silent as suggested (especially at full speed).
they are very quiet when using the voltage regulator cable they provide, however i wanted it to run between full speed and the 7 volts regulation the cable provides but i cant get them to work with my x-vision (also aerocool) fan controller which is a shame... (maybe someone has a fix for this?)

other than that great product and a great asset to any high end machine.
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# Inferno 2012-07-17 13:58
Quoting Ray:
these fans are great and actually do move tons of air and are quite silent but not as silent as suggested (especially at full speed).
they are very quiet when using the voltage regulator cable they provide, however i wanted it to run between full speed and the 7 volts regulation the cable provides but i cant get them to work with my x-vision (also aerocool) fan controller which is a shame... (maybe someone has a fix for this?)

other than that great product and a great asset to any high end machine.


I appreciate the comment! I agree that at full speed it still maintains the standard whine of a fan, but compared to others we've used (including a number of expensive Noctua fans) and at "nominal" distance away, they were extremely quiet. Still my favorite overall fan for the price, and I've got some great fans on the shelf here.

What issue do you have with the X-Vision specifically?
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# Ray 2012-07-18 01:08
Quoting Inferno:


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What issue do you have with the X-Vision specifically?


i agree that compared to others it is more quiet and moves more air then standard ones. (and yes noctua can be quite noisy to, especially if they hang angled and grow old :P)
and for what ive tested so far it is the best i have in my case.


as for my x-vision problem, it is unable to detect it, on any of the 5 busses, only on the first (cpu) bus it gives a 2 second response, while it does work with dozens of other fans, including my very old enermax ucap12 blue led fan, coolermaster fans, and some unbranded.

it also doesnt matter if i put on the voltage regulation cable or not... the x-vision doesnt see it.
so currently the shark runs in silent mode until i find a solution.

ps, i also contacted aerocool about the issue and hope to get a reply from them as well, since both products are theirs.
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# nick 2012-09-13 10:17
I actually have found these to be good as case fans, but absolutely horrific radiator fans for anything with more than 8-9 fins per inch. The 0.309mmH2O of static pressure is incredibly low, one of the lowest of any 140mm fan, and the difference between these in push-pull and a set of higher powered fans in push pull, on the same radiator, was a solid 7.5*C.

Case fans? ABSOLUTELY
Radiator fans? NO WAY
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# patounet0007 2014-01-01 10:11
Hello,
I present you my excuse for syntax, because I use a French- English translator.

I own the complete series " AEROCOOL Shark" in a box server extended with Xigmatek Elysium :

2x120mm front
2x120mm CPU push-pull ( sckythe Mugen )
1x140 backside
4x140 divided into top and bottom.
1x200 Aerocool silent master , on the left

I confirm all that has been said about the "fan Shark" . It is by far the best fan I've owned . The balance between extreme performance and maximum silence is no longer " noctua " but "Shark" . I insist on the performance / silent , because with a voltage regulator , it breaks down very well with almost total silence.


But I am having a huge problem with them, and with the " Master 200mm Silent " too.
The "Shark" enormously vibrate and make more noise with rehobus . It is on kind of buzz that has nothing to do with what I have experienced before. I searched on the internet without test found nothing about it. I find that some user talk big disappointment and is noisy, and another very satisfied.

My opinion is mixed on "Shark" . I know that technically they are by far the best. But for reasons inconu it is impossible to regulate them. It is extremely difficult for me to diagnose the problem . I supose that this may just be to :

- The power of utisation Y
- Incompatibility with some Rheobus
- Problem of manufacturing
- Or something else?

Push the test a little more will be really interesting and necessary.
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